Weekly News via Email
   Set as homepage | Add to favorites | Customer Service | Subscribe Now | Place an Ad | Contact Us | Sitemap Monday, 05.21.2018
News Archive
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
 2  3  4  5  6  7  8
 9  10  11  12  13  14  15
 16  17  18  19  20  21  22
 23  24  25  26  27  28  29
 30  31
Online Extras
Site Services
Around Bend
Outdoor Fun
Travel Info
Shop Local

Members Of

Poll: Today's Live Poll
Email to a friend | Print this | PDF version | Comments (0 posted) 
  Blogger |   del.icio.us |   digg |   newsvine

Dec 21,2007
Business as usual
by The San Diego Union-Tribune

Last week's release of former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell's report on the widespread use of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball hit like a bombshell.

If sports talk radio and letters to the editor are any gauge, the evidence that the cheaters included everyone from the modern era's greatest slugger (Barry Bonds) and greatest pitcher (Roger Clemens) to dozens of stars, journeymen and fan favorites changed the public debate. The familiar argument heard before Dec. 13 - that many, perhaps most fans were indifferent to the controversy over steroids and human growth hormone - disappeared. Taking its place: the collective realization that there's a taint on just about everything that's happened in baseball since the mid-1990s.

Unfortunately, this sea change doesn't seem to have registered with many players and teams. Blitheness and expedience have been all too common.

New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte admitted taking HGH, but said it was to help him heal from an injury, not gain a competitive advantage - as if he were following the recommendations of a doctor, not buying the drug on the black market. That's bad enough, but Pettitte couldn't even bring himself to offer a real apology, saying, "If what I did was an error in judgment on my part, I apologize." If?

The Baltimore Orioles put out an obsequious, even bizarre statement about admitted steroids user Brian Roberts that called critics of their player "cruel." The Los Angeles Dodgers - perhaps the team most implicated in the Mitchell report - initially responded by saying, "Never again." Owner Frank McCourt vowed to work to "rid the game of these substances." Four days later, the Dodgers became the first team to sign someone named in the report, catcher Gary Bennett - a player who refused to come clean about the extent of his HGH use.

This cavalier attitude was on display even before the Mitchell report's release. Just before it came out, the Houston Astros and Milwaukee Brewers eagerly pursued and landed two players - Miguel Tejada and Eric Gagne, respectively - who were widely expected to be named in the report. (They were.)

Ho-hum. So what if baseball is in the middle of its greatest crisis since the 1919 World Series was fixed. So what if young fans are likely to grow up believing every player is a cheat. At least until the players union allows blood tests to catch HGH users, it's business as usual.

Reprinted from The San Diego Union-Tribune – CNS.

1356 times read

Related news
Mitchell's good calls by The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel posted on Dec 14,2007

On drugs … still by The San Diego Union-Tribune posted on May 04,2007

Attorney says Clemens has been 'slandered' by UPI posted on Dec 14,2007

A sport diminished by The San Diego Union-Tribune posted on Feb 22,2008

The 'record' that isn't by The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel posted on Nov 23,2007

Did you enjoy this article? Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00 (total 33 votes)

Market Information
Breaking News
Most Popular
Most Commented
Featured Columnist
Horoscope Guide
Aquarius Aquarius Libra Libra
Aries Aries Pisces Pisces
Cancer Cancer Sagittarius Sagittarius
Capricorn Capricorn Scorpio Scorpio
Gemini Gemini Taurus Taurus
Leo Leo Virgo Virgo
Local Attractions
Bend Visitors & Convention Bureau
Bend Visitors & Convention Bureau

Mt. Bachelor Resort
Mt. Bachelor Resort

Les Schwab Ampitheater
Les Schwab Ampitheater

Deschutes County Fairgrounds
Deschutes County

Tower Theatre
Tower Theatre

The High Desert Museum


Deschutes County

  Web    BendWeekly.com
© 2006 Bend Weekly News
A .Com Endeavors, Inc. Company.
All Rights Reserved. Terms under
which this service is provided to you.
Please read our Privacy Policy. Contact us.
Bend Weekly News & Event Guide Online
   Save the Net
External sites open in new window,
not endorsed by BendWeekly.com
Subscribe in NewsGator Online
Add to Google Add to MSN Add to My AOL
What are RSS headlines?